A Year in Review: Capturing Love, One Stroke at a Time

As I sit down to reflect on the incredible journey that was 2023, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. This year has been an absolute whirlwind of love, creativity, and countless memorable moments as I had the privilege of attending and painting at 44 weddings. Yes, you read that right – 44 unique celebrations of love that I had the honor of translating onto canvas.

Being a live wedding painter has been a dream come true for me, and this past year has been nothing short of magical. Each wedding, a love story in its own right, unfolded before my eyes and came to life on my canvas. What makes this experience truly special is that the guests themselves get to witness the evolution of the painting, creating a lasting memory of the couple’s special day.

One of the aspects I cherish most about my work is the variety of challenges that each wedding presents. From majestic ballrooms to rustic barns, serene beachfronts to lush garden settings – every location brings its own set of unique hurdles and opportunities. The scenes to capture are as diverse as the couples themselves, ranging from emotional first dances to candid moments of laughter and joy.

Weather conditions also play a role in shaping the narrative of each painting. I’ve faced the blazing sun, gentle drizzles, and even unexpected gusts of wind, but these challenges only serve to add character to the artwork. There’s a certain thrill in adapting to the elements, turning potential obstacles into beautiful, spontaneous strokes on the canvas.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my craft is the ability to encapsulate the energy and essence of the wedding day. The sheer number of people included in the painting often adds an extra layer of complexity, but it’s a challenge I wholeheartedly embrace. Capturing the intricate dance between family, friends, and the newlyweds is what breathes life into my creations.

As I reflect on this whirlwind of a year, I am reminded of how perfectly aligned my artist skills are with the couples seeking a cherished painting for their special moment. The connection formed between myself, the canvas, and the love unfolding in front of me is nothing short of magical. Each stroke is a testament to the commitment and devotion shared by the couples, making my paintings not just pieces of art but heartfelt tributes to their unique love stories.

To all the couples who entrusted me with the task of immortalizing their wedding day, thank you. Your stories have become a part of my artistic journey, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the visual legacy of your love. I absolutely loved getting to know each couple through our phone conversations, zoom calls, studio visits, each one holds a special place in my heart.

As the sun sets on 2023, I eagerly look forward to another year filled with love, laughter, and the joy of painting live weddings. Here’s to capturing more beautiful moments and turning them into timeless works of art in the coming year!

With heartfelt gratitude,
Linda Marino